may seem a bit ignorant, but what REALLY is the difference between a gyro and a shwarma? my dad has talked, for years, of the best gyros in astoria (he used to work around here), where the meat on the spit wasn't "formed" into a neat cone, but a bunch of slices of meat basically stacked and squashed together. to me, that sounds like a shwarma, but he insists when he used to eat these they were definitely called a gyro, tzatziki and all, years ago in astoria. whenever i've had a shwarma, the meat, and the sauce served with, always had at least a bit of a curry tinge, my dad HATES curry, which makes me think it WASN'T a shwarma.
is he nuts? if not, where can i find a gyro like this nowadays? being that i moved to astoria a few years ago, he keeps asking me for one of these "authentic" (according to him) gyros, but i haven't found anything to please him yet! so my question is, is he thinking of an real gyro place, or shwarma? and where can i get it for him in astoria? thanks!